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List of international resources for students at or below high school level about nuclear energy topics. Some of the pages are written for specific age groups (e.g., 14-16 years), and these are clearly marked. The resources are all in English. Make sure you also check out our additional list of international resources International (Other) including resources from countries where English is not the predominantly spoken language. Most of these also offer a complete or partial English translation of their materials.

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British Energy (UK):
Understanding Nuclear

The British Energy site has three very clear and useful animated diagrams on the AGR, PWR reactor types and the basics of fission in reactors. They also provide pdf information sheets that complement the diagrams.
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 7, 2013

British Energy: understanding nuclear
How power stations work - PWR

RSC Electronic Databook (UK)

Website aimed at 11-16 science and post-16 chemistry students and teachers. Examples of the site resources are: databases that can be searched for a wide range of properties of elements and compounds; data sheets; interactives and more. The site also includes important tools for physics such as emission line spectra and radioactive decay series.
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 6, 2013

RSC Electronic Databook (UK) is a free website to enrich your teaching and learning in science by the UK Association for Science Education. The website provides a comprehensive and valuable directory of resources, information and contacts for science teachers and students. The information is classified by students ages. Check out their interactive booklet "Dealing with waste. What is radioactive waste?" (suitable for ages 14-19).
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 6, 2013

Sellafield Ltd. : Succeeding with Science (UK)

This website is part of the Succeeding with Science education programme supported by Sellafield Ltd (on behalf of the British Nuclear Decommissioning Authority). The site is primarily for teachers ("produced for teachers by teachers").
From the available resources we selected for you "Scientists Talking - A Story of Three Boxes", a case study illustrating the course of action taken when a particular nuclear power station in Wales comes to the end of its electricity generating life. "A Story of Three Boxes" outlines how engineering solutions are developed in response to the scientific understanding of nuclear contamination. This kind of contamination occurs in parts of a nuclear power station during its lifetime. The paper explains what needs to be done when the power station is decommissioned (dismantled) to leave the site safe for the local community and future generations.
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Check also out Discover Your Energy Coast a nice explanation of nuclear power (under Watching Energy) geared to 10-13 year olds. The other Energy Coast pages are good, too.

Last accessed by NE: Mar. 7, 2013

Discover Your Energy Coast
Discover Your Energy Coast (UK)

This website by Dr. Mark Winter (University of Sheffield, UK) features an interactive periodic table with extensive information about elements and compounds: history and uses, data on simple compounds, electronic properties, physical properties, crystallography and nuclear properties (**). Graphs and other visual displays help to understand many properties.
The information level is appropriate for high school students.
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 7, 2013

(**) CAUTION: This site is not operated by a nuclear data center and so may not include the very most recent values for nuclear properties data. Please confirm data values at the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) or another nuclear data center.
The NNDC website is also listed under the U.S. Resources section of this website. (UK)

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